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A significant milestone in BWRT's development has been the purchase of a Mercedes Sprinter 319 TDI 4x4 van. It has been heavily modified to include stretcher carrying capability, a wet room and an adaptable saloon to allow flexibility as a command vehicle. Successful grant applications, fund raising and public donations made this possible, for which the team is immensely grateful.
The latest addition to the Team is “Spongebob” – a specialist water rescue training manikin from Ruth Lee Limited. Whilst designed to replicate how a human behaves in water for different scenarios, he is equally at home during dry land training, not having any social distancing requirements. Both he and our recent Water Rescue Systems (WRS) rescue sled purchase were made possible by grants from the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund.
As part of enhancing our flood response capability, the Team now has a 4.7m ResQcraft inshore rescue boat (IRB) to complement our other inflatable equipment, powered by a Mercury 30hp four stroke outboard engine. Funded by UK Government grant, this requires our commitment to maintain both the equipment and the skill levels to respond nationally as part of the UK Flood Asset Register.